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Tauba Auerbach, Grain: Sierpiński Ghost I, 2015, acrylic on Masonite, 90 × 48".

Tauba Auerbach

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

Tauba Auerbach, Grain: Sierpiński Ghost I, 2015, acrylic on Masonite, 90 × 48".

When considering Tauba Auerbach’s work of the past few years, I am often sent down a rabbit’s hole of unfamiliar mathematical and scientific terms: entheogen, the Sierpiński curve, metamaterial, oscillator fret. I order books like The New Ambidextrous Universe and The Shape of Space and print out early-twentieth-century treatises like Projective Ornament. It is with great pleasure that I dive into her world, but also with a bit of trepidation: not only because—just between us—I don’t really understand the fourth dimension, a theme that has fascinated Auerbach for several years now, but, more critically, because I worry that I may not be able to align her output with the subjects she so thoroughly researches to produce it.

Such fear was unfounded, however, in regard to the group of paintings, weavings, and sculptures in “Projective Instrument.” Auerbach’s artworks are not

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